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Law

Examination board: AQA

Why study law?

There are many benefits of studying A Level Law. The AQA A-level Law course provides you with an understanding of the English legal system and substantive law, including both criminal and civil law.  Law links all aspects of society. It helps to develop a range of transferable skills: analytical skills, attention to detail, logical thinking, research skills, essay writing skills and the ability to produce a balanced argument. This will assist students in higher education, in the workplace and in everyday life.

 

 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

AQA A level law is divided into three papers:

The English Legal System is a topic that occurs in all three papers:

  • Nature of law
  • Law and society
  • Law and morality
  • Law and justice
  • The rule of law
  • Parliamentary law making
  • Delegated legislation
  • Judicial precedent
  • Law reform
  • The European Union
  • The legal system: the civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  • The legal system: the criminal courts and lay people
  • The legal system: legal personnel and the judiciary
  • The legal system: access to justice and funding

Paper 1: Criminal law

  • The rules in criminal law
  • Theory in criminal law
  • General elements of liability
  • Fatal offences against the person
  • Non-fatal offences against the person
  • Property offences
  • Preliminary offences
  • Defences

Paper 2: Tort

  • The rules of tort law
  • Theory of tort law
  • Liability in negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property
  • Liability in negligence for economic loss and psychiatric injury
  • Occupier’s liability
  • Vicarious liability
  • Defences
  • Remedies

Paper 3: Human rights

  • Rules in Human Rights law
  • Theory in Human Rights
  • Human Rights in international law
  • Human Rights in the United Kingdom prior to the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Human Rights in the United Kingdom after the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998
  • The right to life
  • The right to liberty and security of person
  • The right to respect for private and family life
  • The right to freedom of expression
  • The right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others
  • Restrictions and enforcement on Human Rights
  • Human Rights and English law
  • Reform

How will i study?

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all three exams at the end of the course. This qualification is purely examination assessed, meaning that there is not a coursework element.

Lessons will be engaging and exciting and will require participation in discussion and debates. Regular class assessments will enable students to reflect on their achievements and evaluate your areas for development.

Do I need to have studied GCSE Law?

There are no specific GCSE Law requirements, but a wide range of high GCSE passes would be expected.  Law involves lots of reading and essay writing so a grade 4 or above in English is required.

Career opportunities

A level Law will enhance your chances of being accepted into university, either to take a law degree, a social science, or business degree, or any other course of study.

So, whether you want a career in the law, or in other areas like education, human resources, finance or business, A level law can really open doors for you.

Extra-curricular activities

In year 12 you will visit Birmingham Magistrates Court and Birmingham Crown Court. The visit will enable you to watch criminal court cases in session as you begin to understand court processes, key terms and the roles of those involved with the court. In Year 13 you will visit a Civil Court and Tribunals, enabling you to apply your knowledge of Tort Law into “real life” cases.

You will be encouraged and supported to apply for legal work experience, often in a local solicitor’s firm. George Dixon Academy has liaised with a local litigation lawyer who will visit your law class to support you with your applications and CV writing.

Each year at least one student has been successful at gaining a position on the Pathways to Law Programme. The programme was established to inspire and support academically-able students in year 12 and 13 from non-privileged backgrounds interested in a career in law.

Testimonies from students studying law at the academy

“Law is a challenging but intriguing subject that leaves you very opinionated and ready to change society!”

Anisha, Year 13

 “Studying law has changed my attitude towards the world. My ambition to study law at university came from studying A level law. I will be studying law at the University of Birmingham and hope to become a solicitor and make a real difference to the most vulnerable people in society."

Selina, Year 13

"Before doing the course I thought law was just about how the police imprisoned criminals, but now I am able see that the law is much greater than that. It aims to protect the public and affects the communities around us, but is not always successful in doing so! Now I have been inspired to study law at University."

Omar, Year 13: